Archive for December, 2008

05
Dec
08

Our life with Chua Cheng Chye by Wong Swee Lim and Helen Wong

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From left: Helen Wong, Pearl (Chua’s niece), Chua Soo Neo (Chua’s youngest sister), Chua’s nephew and his wife and Wong Swee Lim. At Chua’s funeral service at Wesley Methodist Church, Malacca, 9 Nov.2008 (Photo:VC)

Mr. Chua Cheng Chye lived an exemplary life – I was his pupil, his teacher and Headmaster of his school, the ACS Primary, Melaka.

When I was a pupil way back in 1954, he was teaching us History when he made a simple statement to us – “If I want to smoke, I may have to spend about RM9.00 a month but I could instead pay your school fees of RM 2.50.  I was a poor school boy from Paya Rumput, Alor Gajah, who always never paid his school fees.  I used to smoke coconut husks made from a home-made pipe then but stopped smoking immediately after Chua’s statement.

I became a teacher when he was the senior assistant and later the headmaster of ACS Primary.

Chua Cheng Chye was a crusade scholar and studies for his BSc. degrees in Tennessee, USA – he was a choir master, church Lay-Leader and MYF Counsellor.

When he became Headmaster in 1968 and retired in 1977, I was transferred to Masjid Tanah for 2 yrs.  When I returned to ACS as a Sr. Assistant – Chua later helped me get promoted to Headmaster.

Chua was a  Scout commissioner and many students remembered him as a teacher who cared a lot.  However, his love for the Boys Brigade, Melaka is noted.  He brought in a lot of boys to the Christian family through the Boys Brigade of which he was an honorary captain.  He even convinced a Singaporean who donated a sum of money to renovate the Youth Center during Easter and there is a plaque dedicated to him with these words “Thank you uncle Chua for bringing us back to GOD”

Chua also composed the ACS school song ” Dear ACS” with lyrics from the late Mr. Chye Kooi Khean.

We wish to thank especially Mr. Tony Khoo Heng Peng, Eng Kim Leng and Victor Chin for their relentless support  when Chua was alive and to the many ex-students and friends who donated whole heartedly  towards Chua’s fund.  Also a mention to Wesley Methodist Church Malacca and Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Lee for the monthly donations to help support Chua Cheng Chye.

Thanks to Ms. Lim Ai Leng who used to send food to Mr. Chua at the nursing home and Sri, Chua’s Indonesian maid, who looked after him diligently.

Also we would like to thanks Dr. Lim Boon Aik, our church doctors Dr Ng Seng Man and Dr. Choy Khai Chew and others at Mahkota Hospital for their understanding and support for Mr. Chua.

There are so many other people who had helped and they are not in the least forgotten for their support and help for Mr. Chua.

I also would like to thank Helen for her understanding and help with Mr. Chua even though she herself was ill – one consolation is Mr. Chua during his last days still recognized her, Helen Wong, even though he could not remember me and the others that visited him.

Wong Swee Lim and Helen Wong (Posted by Steven Wong, their youngest son)

02
Dec
08

Gathering in Chua’s name

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Bien Hock Nien and Chua CC photo taken in 1951(photo in Bien’s collection)

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Bien today as he recollects stories of the earlier times in Malacca (Photo:VC)

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From left: Victor Chin, Bien Hock Nien, Ngo Chok Chang, Chua Beng Own & Bert Tan (photo:VC)

The five above gathered on 25 November at the Subang Golf Club in Petaling Jaya. We all have not met like this before and it was after Chua’s death that has brought us together. This says a lot about Chua’s legacy as a teacher, scout master, Boys Brigade captain and youth worker. It is hard to imagine how this meeting with five strangers from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s can happen if not for Chua’s living spirit, of friendship and kindness, among us.

Bert Tan happened to be in Petaling Jaya for a week for company training and we took the opportunity to meet up at a short notice with a few of Chua’s friends. Bien invited us to his club for dinner that evening and he showed us some old pictures of him and Chua and also some other shorts of Chua’s life at that time.

We will show all Bien’s photo as we go along in this blog and hope that others who may have images of that time can share them with us. The photo of Bien and Chua (above) shows the youth and friendship of the two of them. This sort of black and white pictures are valuable records of life at that time, the early 50s. How many of us still takes picutes with our friends in this way and how many keeps those pictures after all these years?

Bien’s 50’s collection of photos portrays Chua’s earliest life in Malacca.




Please join in this fund raising project.
Donors to date:
1. Wong Yunn Chii - '71 (RM2000)
2. Lim Kim Tay - '71 (RM2000)
3. MACSIAN74 (RM2000)
4. Vic's Art Prints Sale (RM2500)
5. Tedin Ng - '71 (RM1620)
6. Class of 1971 (RM1038)
7. Woon Tai Hai - '74 (RM1000)
8. Paul Cheok - '76 (RM1000)
9. Chua Beng Own - '70 (RM1000)
10. Class of 1985 - (RM1000)
11. MACS '74 '09 Dinner (RM850)
12. Bien Hock Nien - '55 (RM500)
13. Victor Chin - '67 (RM500)
14. Jimmy Chiam - '80 (RM500)
15. Peter Yap - MES '71 (RM500)
16. Eng Kim Leng - '76 (RM500)
17. Heng Chin Lai - '78 (RM500)
18. Loy Kwee Keow - '76 (RM500)
19. Chin Kai Wah - '55 (RM500)
20. Albert Chan HL - '55 (RM500)
21. Dennis Ee - '76 (RM200)
22. Oh Kim Leng - '77 (RM200)
23. Wong Swee Lim - '56 (RM200)
24. Wee Hock Guan - '76 (RM200)
25. Raymond Ong - '73 (RM100)
26. Anonymous - (RM100)
27. Tommy Chen - '85 (RM490)

Total: RM21,998.00

Tedin Ng -'71 (RM5000)
Donation in kind to ACS primary

In Memoriam

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